Alice (Madeline Brewer) makes her livin’ showing the goods on her softcore live-streaming channel, but things are getting stale and numbers are dropping so she does what one does and pulls macabre stunts (such as everyone’s favorite hoary ol’ chestnut; a fake suicide) and goes further and further with her sexual content. This definitely gets more eyes on her site, but it also brings an ever increasing amount of creeper clientele. To make matter worse, Alice wakes up one morning to discover she is locked out of her channel, yet a doppelganger is carrying on with her show! Soon it’s a journey into an existence spiraling out of control, and Alice just may not have what it takes to make it out alive!
Right of the bat, Cam tickles your eerie eyeballs with an over abundance of slick style. Everything is neon light, snappy editing, and thumping techno, which definitely creates a ambiance that screams of the lurid sex-on-digital world the film exists in. On the other hand, Brewer plays Alice as a warm and nuanced individual who finds herself tumbling headlong into a psychotic situation she is ill-equipped to deal with…and is equally skilled and engaging presenting both. Also, unlike most flicks that try and present the world of sex workers, this one rings true and presents the industry warts and all, and Co-writer/Director Daniel Goldhaber along with Co-writer Isa Mazzei (who actually worked in the cam-girl industry) get major kudos for not making the picture a glitzy fantasy version of the sex biz.
Finally, since this is a rather unconventional fright flick, don’t expect a great deal of “hand holding” when it comes to the underpinnings of the narrative so expect things to be on he ambiguous side…which is an element I always dig on, but some of you cats may feel differently.
To put a beastly bow on it; Cam rocks balls straight up! It’s a fever-dream narrative drenched in sex and duality of the psyche, and I loved every last mother fuckin’ minute of it!
Catch Cam when it premiers on Netflix November 16th!
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